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HTML5 Step By Step (Step By Step Developer)

Experience learning made easy—and quickly teach yourself how to create Web pages with the HTML5 specification. With Step by Step, you set the pace—building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them! Use a division-based layout to structure your Web pages Include menu bars and hyperlinks for clear navigation Apply colors, font sizes, and other formatting with CSS Add graphics, sound, and video to your pages Use the Canvas tag to render visual images on the fly Build user-input forms with buttons, boxes, and menus Your Step by Step digital content includes: All the book's practice files—ready to download and put to work. See "Using the Practice Files," inside. Fully searchable online edition of this book—with unlimited access on the Web. Free online account required; see inside book.

Series: Step by Step Developer

Paperback: 432 pages

Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (February 5, 2011)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0735645264

ISBN-13: 978-0735645264

Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

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I purchased this book as a resource to teach students about the new HTML5 semantic tags.For the record, I'm a 15-year web design and development veteran with high levels of experience in HTML5/CSS3/PHP/Perl/WordPress, etc. I've started teaching over the last 4 years and many corporations are now upgrading to IE8 and IE9, which means that HTML5 tags are finally at their fingertips. I was hoping Microsoft would be able to provide a solid book from that standpoint, but this book definitely fails at that.The majority of what you learn is, at best, HTML4 (and not even standards-based XHTML), with some HTML5 sprinkled in at random.As I got further into the book, quite a few problems appeared:- consistant use and advocation for the use of the I and B tags -- when they're said to be a LAST RESORT in the HTML5 specification as EM and STRONG have better semantic meaning- examples to build and advocating for TABLE BASED LAYOUTS (a huge no-no)- using images for links in a main navigation - no mention of Search Engine Optimization or practices therein - or the consequences of using image-based menus- next to no mention of CSS2 or CSS3 tags that save time (for example, coloring every-other row in a table-based layout - you can use nth-child(2n) -- this is never mentioned)- there's no explanation of where to use section vs article vs aside (and it's certainly not shown in the example besides a "do this and don't ask why"-type example)- no mention of TH, THEAD, TBODY, TFOOT, or CAPTION tags, summary attribute, border-collapse style, or COLGROUPs in the Tables chapter...

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